As you may know, the Association for Academic Surgery hosts a pair of courses every fall, immediately preceding the Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. This year, the courses will be held on Saturday, October 15th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The courses are held on the same day and run in parallel, allowing them to be better-tailored to their target audiences.
The Fundamentals of Surgical Research Course is targeted towards Residents and Medical Students entering the lab for the first time, and Fellows or Junior Faculty that are embarking on their research careers. Topics that are covered include those that are broadly applicable to any type of research, such as choosing a mentor and being a mentee, time management, and preparing abstracts and manuscripts. Additionally, there are afternoon breakout sessions for those that are engaged in Basic/Translational Research, Clinical/Health Services Research, and Education/Simulation Research.
The Early Career Development Course will provide senior residents, fellows and junior faculty in their first 5 years of practice with detailed information on how to launch an academic surgical career, including such issues as negotiating for your first job, setting up your practice, establishing a laboratory or clinical research program, and planning for promotion. Faculty panels include topics on How to Manage Surgical Complications and Academic Setbacks, How to Successfully Navigate Your Career, and How to Achieve Work/Life Balance.
Both courses will end the day with a keynote by Dr. Herbert Chen, past-president of the AAS and Chairperson of the University of Alabama-Birmingham Department of Surgery. This will be followed by a networking reception where the attendees and faculty can establish new relationships.
We ask and highly encourage you to send residents, fellows and faculty from your institution to these valuable courses.
Here is the link to the full program and to register: www.aasurg.org/meetings/fallcourses.php
If you need any more information on this course, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to seeing you!
Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP – Dr. Gosain is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Gosain directs Pediatric Surgery Research at the Children’s Foundation Research Institute of the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. His NIH-funded laboratory focuses on the development of the Enteric Nervous System and Gastrointestinal Mucosal Immune System. Dr. Gosain chairs the Basic and Translational Science Committee of the AAS.
Ajay Maker, MD, FACS – Dr. Maker is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Director of Surgical Research for the UIC-MGH residency program, and Director of Surgical Oncology for the Creticos Cancer Center. He is the current co-Chair of the AAS Leadership Committee.